“The greatest enemy of knowledge is not ignorance, it is the illusion of knowledge.”
—Daniel J. Boorstin

West Antarctic ice sheet melting from geothermal heat, not global warming

earthCCD Editor's Note: This is the main extract from contributor James Kamis, geologist, M.S. For the full synopsis and article, see end of article.

According to a recent statement by NASA, West Antarctic glaciers and sea ice are melting due to atmospheric global warming. What NASA fails to mention is that geothermal heat from the West Antarctic rift (part of that area's tectonic plate system) is warming the ocean water, which in turn is causing the ice sheet to gradually melt faster than normal.

This statement, incidentally, coincides with the Climate Conference now gathered in Lima, Peru.

Climate models, however, do not take into account the impacts of plate tectonics on ocean warming, and many current modern weather phenomenon can be directly tied to current geological events: local continental glacial melting, local droughts, local warming ocean, selective polar ice melting, La Nina, and El Nino, etc.

Barbra Streisand, Nexus of Green Evil

Barbra Streisand - or whoever it is that handles her social media - has been tweeting about the (immensely sound) incoming GOP chairman of the Senate Environment & Public Works Committee, Senator Jim Inhofe.

Inhofe had fingered Streisand as a leading player in the Hollywood green Mafia and Streisand didn't like it.

She (or rather one of her People) tweeted:

Hot Air on Climate Change in Lima

limaEvery December since 1995, the United Nations has held a meeting of the countries that signed onto its 1992 Framework Convention on Climate Change. This year, the 20th “Conference of the Parties” (“COP-20”) is another iteration, with officials (and anyone who wants to influence them) spewing countless tons of carbon dioxide into the air to meet, posture, disagree, agree, and declare a breakthrough on global warming. This movie has played more times than A Christmas Story airs during the holidays. Ho, ho, ho!

Sometime during this year’s conference, various governments will breathlessly pronounce that 2014’s global temperatures will set an all-time record. Make that some temperatures, as not all the global records agree, and it’s also unclear what the previous record-warm year was. Some histories give it as 1998, while others say 2010. And make that “all-time” going back to the late 19th century. Before then, there was still a climate, and sometimes it was warmer.

Australia won't pay to climate fund

bishopAustralia will continue to directly pay for climate change adaptation in vulnerable South Pacific island nations through its aid budget rather than donate to a U.N. Green Climate Fund designed for the same purpose, the foreign minister said Friday ahead of climate talks in Peru.

Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said governments should judge for themselves whether bilateral action to reduce the impact of climate change on developing countries was a more efficient use of aid money than donating through the U.N.

"The Green Climate Fund is about supporting developing countries build resilience to climate change. Australia is already doing that through our aid program," Bishop told The Associated Press before leading the Australian delegation to Lima for a U.N climate summit.

Obama's China Deal Backfires

pokerChina offered new details on its commitment to rein in greenhouse gases and called on rich nations to speed up delivery of the $100 billion in annual climate-related aid they’ve promised by 2020. Su Wei, China’s lead climate negotiator, coupled his comments on China’s commitment with a call to accelerate funding for climate aid, shifting the pressure to industrialized nations, led by the U.S. and European Union, to do their part toward reaching an agreement next year.  The “$10 billion is just one 10th of that objective,” and “we do not have any clear road map of meeting that target for 2020,” Su said. Climate aid is “a trust-building process,” he added. --Alex Morales and Reed Landberg, Bloomberg, 5 December 2014

2014 on Course to be Hottest Year Ever (So Long as You Ignore All the Hotter Years)

satelliteIt must be true because it says so inthe Guardian.

Preliminary estimates from the World Meteorological Organisation (WMO) found global average land and sea surface temperatures for the first 10 months of 2014 had soared higher than ever recorded.

The findings – broadly in line with those of the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (Noaa) and other scientific agencies – indicate that by year-end 2014 will break all previous high temperature records.

The BBC's David Shukman has been telling a similar story in his exquisitely modulated, eminently reasonable-sounding Old Etonian tones.

EPA experiments on humans debunk their ozone and particulate matter health claims

EPA gas chamberEPA particulate inhalation test chamberThe rogue EPA is proposing to lower the ground-level ozone standards from the current 75 parts per billion (ppb) to 60 ppb. This comes on the heels of a report that in 2007, the EPA conducted experiments on the effect of ozone on human subjects and found no adverse effects even at 400 ppb.

In a previous article (Impact of new EPA ozone rule) I documented the potential economic impact of this rule, it would:

  • Reduce U.S. GDP by $270 billion per year and $3.4 trillion from 2017 to 2040;
  • Result in 2.9 million fewer job equivalents per year on average through 2040;
  • Cost the average U.S. household $1,570 per year in the form of lost consumption.

The EPA claims that the lower standard would reduce deaths from asthma. Few people know, however, that back in 2007, the EPA conducted human experiments on the effect of ozone.

You'll feel global warming in ten years

earthTo keep the climate change money train from derailing, scientists are now saying that global warming will be felt in ten years (add this to the long list of excuses for the no-global-warming-for-eighteen-years haitus). In other words, what we emit today will be felt ten years on. This, of course, is based on Computer Models. You do have to appreciate the temerity and desperation of these reports. From Summit County Citizens Voice:

The maximum heat-trapping effect of today’s greenhouse gas emissions will be felt in about 10 years, scientists said in a new study that refutes the common misconception that today’s emissions won’t be felt for decades and that they are only a problem for future generations.

New Science Scandal: Scientists Accused Of Plotting To Get Pesticides Banned

cartoonResearch blaming pesticides for the decline in honeybees has been called into question by a leaked note suggesting that scientists had decided in advance to seek evidence supporting a ban on the chemicals. The private note records a discussion in 2010 between four scientists about how to persuade regulators to ban neonicotinoid pesticides. The leaked note says that the scientists agreed to select authors to produce four papers and co-ordinate their publication to “obtain the necessary policy change, to have these pesticides banned”. --Ben Webster, The Times, 4 December 2014

The note, which records that the meeting took place in Switzerland on June 14, 2010, says: “If we are successful in getting these two papers published, there will be enormous impact, and a campaign led by WWF etc. It will be much harder for politicians to ignore a research paper and a policy forum paper in [a major scientific journal].” --Ben Webster, The Times, 4 December 2014

Japan paid for coal-fired power plants with Green Climate Fund money

You're paying for this U.N. extravaganza in Lima, Peru.You're paying for this U.N. extravaganza in Lima, Peru.Japan loaned $1 billion to build new coal-fired power plants with money allocated to fight global warming. Only in the ever-growing global-warming cottage industry does an organization create a slush fund and not attach any rules governing how it should be used. From Fox Business News (emphasis added):

Environmental groups are demanding tighter rules on climate finance for poor nations after an Associated Press investigation showed Japan bankrolled coal-fired power plants with money earmarked for fighting global warming.

On the sidelines of U.N. climate talks in Lima, green groups on Wednesday urged the recently launched Green Climate Fund to exclude money for fossil fuels.

Media Go Into Panic On How To Spin Record Cold

blizzardThe liberal media are going into panic mode attempting to salvage their precious global warming crisis as yet another record cold winter takes shape across the country. Desperately hoping to purge the public’s memory of failed predictions of warm, snowless winters, the media are now going into overdrive trying to claim global warming theory predicted colder and snowier winters all along.

The shameless effort to spin this year’s cold, early winter as the predicted result of global warming is typified by a media request sent out by International Business Times journalist Connor Sheets. On November 19 Sheets sent out the following solicitation: